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Blog #20 of challenge

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?

I have so many healthy foods that I love now, that I hadn't before. Before my journey that is. I found that i have always enjoyed veggies and fruit, but not like i do now. Some of my very favorite Veggies are:

Brussel sprouts
Green beans
Butter Beans
pole Beans
Kidney beans
Different Lettuces
Fresh spinach
Sweet potato
tomato (I know - they are really a fruit)

Those i have always liked not on my list of favorites: corn, potato, sugar snap peas, celery, garlic, cucumbers, chickpeas, and radishes.

My favorite fruits:
black raspberries
red raspberries
All kinds of melons

The last five in this group I must watch how much I have as I will get
burns" on my lips from them.

There are some healthy foods that I am allergic to or have a sensitivity to them besides the citrus and strawberries. Here is a list of those:

green limas
tomato I must be careful of, too as I will get cracks at the corners of my ears if I have too much at one time.

Then there are some healthy foods that I have tried and simply do not care for eating. Those are:

black beans
the tiny little stuff that looks like rice. I'd rather do the brown rice itself. To me the rice is a much better taste
palm hearts
Too spicy hot additions

Some of the new ones I tried and really like are different kinds of lettuce. I had been stuck on iceberg for a very long time. Also sweet potatoes. i had kept trying them for years and this time the taste and texture "took". I had never had mangoes before and found i love their taste, especially in smoothies. I had only had peanut butter before and love it when i make my own. But along the way I have discovered almond butter and really like it, too.

For now this is all I can remember. I'm sure there must be more, but i'm starting to get on my chemo brain!!

Take care all my Spark Buds. We are having a hard rain with lightening and power flashing off and on.

Everyone be safe and smile. i love you all!!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to all my Spark Buds.


Another flower for each one of you.

One of my favorites!!

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MADAMES 9/21/2012 2:33PM

    Great list of favorites! I can't say that I've ever liked tofu either, but then perhaps I haven't found either the right chef or the right recipe!

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LOSTLIME 9/21/2012 1:24PM

    Nice lists of veggies and fruits. The only veggie that gives me any trouble is corn. sometimes I tend to eat the same ones over and over.

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MISSDAISY23 9/21/2012 11:57AM

    I love all kinds veggies and fruits you have mentioned above except brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and artichoke. According to some belief, the broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage or kale, etc is not good for people with thyroid problems. So, I try not to consume them.

I love avocado in sushi, as a dip or in salad. My number one favorite is tofu. There are many kinds of tofu and it depends on how you cook it. Tofu by itself is tasteless. When you cook or blend it with other ingredients, it will become tasty. I was just wondering how you cook your tofu.


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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/21/2012 3:33AM

    Since you pointed out that tomatoes are really a fruit, I should point out that corn isn't a veggie, it's a grain. And mushrooms are a fungus not a veggie.
You have a wonderful list there. I don't do well with veggies, and never have. I know now that while I don't like the taste it's also because my stomach doesn't like the high fiber in most veggies. I've always been huge on sweet things, natural (like honey or some fruits) or not, so I've gone for fruit much more often. But now I even have to limit my fruit intake. Even when we like a food, once our body doesn't like it we have to learn to live with it, or eat only tiny amounts of it.

Have you considered trying other fruits and veggies too? What about starfruit, coconut, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, kiwi, and cherries? Also, have you tried different types of tomatoes? There's everything from the standard beefcake vine tomatoes to romas to cherry and grape tomatoes, and many more. I prefer romas because they have more meat and less juice and seeds - the seeds are extra fiber I can't have and the juice is too acidic and upsets my stomach. So if you haven't tried different types it might help.

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JINLYNN 9/21/2012 1:23AM

    You have lots of healthy foods to choose from - variety helps fend off boredom.

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GRAMMAP1 9/20/2012 11:27PM

    You have a great variety of tastes so you shouldn't get bored. Thanks for sharing your lists. Many times we get in a rut and forget the wonderful variety we have. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 9/20/2012 11:25PM

    You have a great list of healthy foods!! I have several allergies to foods and also on different medications that I can't have certain foods so that really limits the ones I CAN eat. So glad you are enjoying the new ones to you. (I am allergic to bell peppers, which is a family problem with several of us in the same boat. Didn't know anyone else with this one.)
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COACHPENNY 9/20/2012 11:02PM

    All of the above.

This growing season I planted some seeds from Greece. My mother couldn't remember the name (in English) of the plant but, she said it was similar to spinach. In Greek it's called Vlita....which I found out is amaranth greens. They are delicious sauteed with a little olive oil and garlic. Right now they are flowering...BIG beautiful purple plumes above the leaves from which I will gather seeds for next year.

Of course another "peasant" green we eat is Horta...dandelions greens.

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KARIDIAN1 9/20/2012 10:44PM

    I am not aware of any food allergies I have which is good. I like most fruit and veggies, just don't eat as many different ones. Tend to get stuck in a rut with my safe favorites.

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Blog #19 on my journey

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?

I am of the opinion that you don't have to "give up" anything as long as you watch the portion size and how often you treat yourself. So, my answer would be no to have I given up anything completely. At least before my last cancer round and i cannot eat some of my favorite things. I can't eat ice cream or most sweet things. i also have a difficult time with any carbs unless i dip in soup or have sour cream in it or on it to have moisture. I'll also use cottage cheese, yogurt, or milk to give me the moisture I need. Red gravy on pasta doesn't work as it is too spicy and burns my mouth if i use more than a Tbls.
Lots of things burn my mouth and throat like that. Even cheese can be a problem. Only little pieces at a time is all i can do. My calories get limited by these problems.

Soda is something I can still drink. I have either a coke zero or a sprite zero. I limit myself to one a day and sometimes I don't have any. That is my one guilty pleasure. I have also changed from the straight stuff to Zeros. I have stopped with the ginger ale, though. It's one of those things that burns. I try different things every so often to see if things have changed and there is very little that has. I used to love my 4 junior mints a day, but can no longer tolerate them. I do use sugar free syrup, but I can only take about a Tbls of that before it starts to burn my throat. I love pizza but can only eat less than 1/2 a slice at a time. The carbs are because I had to have so many teeth pulled before I could have radiation and I get to a point where it is too difficult to chew to get whatever it is a size i can swallow. That is why the moisture helps. As far as meats, poultry, and fish are concerned, they must be grilled without spices and I can only do a tiny bit. Like with a hamburger, the most I can do is 1/4 of a regular sized one. With turkey or chicken, it is the same, about a quarter of a piece. With fish i can eat a little more.

However I don't think the sugar and carbs problems are so bad. I think it has helped me on my journey to reach goal. In a big way I'm sure it has helped an awful lot.

For those who asked about our blooming aloe, Bob says it rarely bloomed. The most was once every four years.

Peace, Love, and friendship for all my Spark Buds, especially for the rest of the week.


Here is another flower for flower week for all of you.

These tulips were raised by an internet friend who died three years ago.

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CAMEY13 9/22/2012 3:03PM

    Once a week I go to the store and when I complete my list of groceries, i go to the pastry and get a small piece for me and my husband. I make sure that is all and I am happy. I have my problems eating because of heartburn, so like you, have to watch certain things.

You should post some of this on our team, Tips for Writing, Wellness and Weight. I am sure some who do not read the blogs would injoy hearing how yu deal with it.

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MISSDAISY23 9/20/2012 3:48PM

    I believe in portion control and everything in moderation. I tracked what I eat so I stay within range. Take care and have a pleasant day!

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KARIDIAN1 9/19/2012 10:11PM

    Jim and I are more in to portion control for what we eat and tracking everything so we know how much we can eat of something.

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JINLYNN 9/19/2012 9:29PM

    Restricting or forbidding certain foods make one feel deprived and with me it leads to binging. Your attitude of portion control and moderation is the way to go!

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LOSTLIME 9/19/2012 8:46PM

    I agree. Portion control is the key. emoticon emoticon

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MADAMES 9/19/2012 8:30PM

    No forbidden foods...I agree!

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COACHPENNY 9/19/2012 5:45PM

    I'm of the same mind. I've given up some things like chips and pop, still love my chocolate. If I want a treat I will indulge in moderation.

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18 of 30 day journey blog

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available?

I used to do this when I worked afternoon watch (The busiest there was). I'd but several different veggies in a thermos. Then I'd add a pat of butter and about 1 T. of parm cheese on top. By the time I could get to it, the butter would have melted all through the veggies along with the cheese. Some of the combos that are really good: green beans and corn; pole beans and sweet peas; butter beans and broccoli. I'm sure you'll have lots of favorite combos yourself. I also love brussel sprouts and would have them alone with the same additions. Once in awhile, I'd also have crackers with me.

The thermos is wonderful because of keeping hot things hot and cool things cool. I had a wide mouthed one I used for broth and leftover veggies or fruit combos.

I hope some of you will be inspired if you are in the situation with no refrigeration available. Enjoy!!

Peace, Love, and friendship to all my Spark Buds.


Another flower for each of you.

Flowers from the aloe plant.

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CIERAPOET 9/19/2012 6:05PM

    Hello Fellow NaNoWriMo! That Sounds Good And I'll Remember The Thermos. I Guess I Forgot It Keeps Food Cold Or Hot. Thanks So Much For Sharing And You Know You Made A Lot of Folks Hungry!
Have A Great Wednesday!
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MISSDAISY23 9/19/2012 10:44AM

    Thanks for sharing! I have never seen flowers from aloe plant.

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/19/2012 1:54AM

    Reeeeally yummy....thanks for the idea!

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FLEMIDG 9/19/2012 1:16AM

    I have never seen an aloe plant flower. Thanks for sharing.

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KARIDIAN1 9/19/2012 12:50AM

    What a unique plant.

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LINDA! 9/19/2012 12:20AM

    I really enjoy the plant. Also, I remember using a thermos quite often in the past. Haven't done so as often lately.

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JAMER123 9/18/2012 11:51PM

    Love the aloe plant! When we go to the Valley for the winter, there are aloe farms there and plants in all stages of growing (in different fields).

Good ideas for taking foods to work. As I am retired, I have time(???) to do healthy meals for us. When I did work, I was 3rd shift and often too busy to eat so had microwave popcorn, which of course is not healthy but something to grab as I ran past my desk.
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SKEETOR 9/18/2012 9:20PM

    Great idea for your go-to meal.
Beautiful flower on your plant. How often do they bloom...I don't think I've ever seen one in bloom before.

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Game Day Saturday...what a hoot.... and the rest of the week

Monday, September 17, 2012

Saturday was game day for our Florida Gators. I didn't get all fixed up in my game day outfit and jewellery, but I still have my Gator Nails. Since I have my own polishes, I'm going to try to keep them up for most of the season.

What do you think of those?

Monday I had my PET scan. I am so claustrophobic I always have a valium before any test like that. Well, I usually have 1 mg and this Monday because it might take up to 4 hours, the doc ordered a 10mg for me. So what did i do for the rest of Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday? Right! I slept! Bob was afraid to leave me for as long as his VA appointment would take him to be away on Wednesday. I was also to see my therapist at Shands in Gainesville and Bob cancelled that as i was sleeping so much! Thursday I started staying awake and even managed to do a load of laundry with Bob's help. My nurse was ill and couldn't make it. Friday both Bob and I had to see our primary doctor. Next I'll have to have some blood work done. My weight was 121. There is no way I want to gain anymore. I will, but I won't like it!! Saturday we watched our Gators win their third game this season. Yesterday our Jags lost once more. But i also started a fever that was just over 100. I was to see my surgeon for a follow up on all the surgeries in the past two years, but Bob cancelled that one, too. The office nurse said there is something serious going around that seems to match my symptoms - fever, achy joints, sore throat, and yucky tasting mouth. She said it is usually gone within 3-4 days. I should be 1/2 way through it!!! YEAH!! All I can say is, I hope none of my Spark Buds will get this "thing". It's not pretty at all.

We have the best young guy for a neighbor. He is going to be thirteen and acts so grown up. He's very thoughtful and polite. Then there is always a big smile he has on his face. He is doing very well in school this year, but every so often he'll need help. When he does well, which is every test and report card, his dad rewards him in a small way. This so reminds me of how we reward ourselves for making our goals. Anyway, his dad was called into work early and he called Bob. He wanted some help with his computer. So Bob went over and helped him. He called him "Dad" went he went to come home. Bob told his dad that the boy can call him Grandpa if he wants because one grandpa is in CA and the other one is gone. I guess when his dad told him that today, this young man got tears in his eyes!! Bob really appreciates this, too, as his grandson had his 14th birthday this past week and Bob called every day several times a day and his daughter never answered the phone. Tonight he talked to his oldest son who told him she was home all week, so HE is going to tell the boy Grandpa's message himself and not depend on his mother to do so. I can understand if she doesn't get along with her dad, but i just hate when she keeps that boy from his Grandpa. His other grandfather doesn't even acknowledge him and it is the same with his father. It is probably just as well because he gets love from all of her family. It just gets me upset because it hurts Bob so bad.

Sooooooooooo that catches things up from my home to yours.

HAve a fantastic week!

peace,love, and hope to all my spark buds.


Another flower for everyone for Flower week!

Some FL orange blossoms for you.

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CBEVNOW 9/18/2012 10:22PM

    I live in clinton Tn, 20 minutes from Knoxville, and i am a VOLS FAN, my son lives in Florida and he is a Gator Fan, we always have fun with each other, about these games. Actually i emoticon believe he is more of a Ohio State Fan, for we lived in Ohio for 22 years he was born there. I hate to say this but Congratulations on your Gators Win.

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MOM2ACAT 9/18/2012 4:47PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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COACHPENNY 9/18/2012 11:44AM

    Man, you have nice nails...I have gardeners nails...can't keep 'em long.

I agree with those that say to not focus on the number. Focus on health.....energy, muscle tone, bone density and strength.

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MISSDAISY23 9/18/2012 10:24AM

    Nails look great!

Pray by His grace, you will be healed!

Take care & have a great day!


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MADAMES 9/18/2012 4:30AM

    Get well soon!


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JINLYNN 9/18/2012 2:04AM

    I love the nails. They are gorgeous!
I hope you are feeling better now. Rest and take care.

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KARIDIAN1 9/18/2012 12:40AM

    The nails are neat. Neither Jim or I are into football, or any of the big sports like baseball, basket ball or hockey. Just shooting or archery.
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Thanks for the veggies for Jim. The one veggie he does like is rutabagas!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/18/2012 12:39AM

    Family isn't always formed through blood, just through love and care. I think it's great this young guy is mature enough to realize the wisdom and care that Bob can give him and is willing to accept it (too many kids wouldn't care or wouldn't realize it). My BIL's stepdad's parents is are Grandpa and Grandma to everyone who knows them. It sounds like both Bob and this young guy could both enjoy this grandpa/grandson-like relationship.

Your nails are rocking! Woot! And the next time they go to give you a vallium, you might want to remind them of that reaction. No one wants to be knocked out for days for a 4 hour medical procedure.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/18/2012 12:29AM

    The nails are gorgeous.

One thing to remember about that number on the scale: it's not bad to get it higher IF we're gaining lean body mass. More muscle, more bone density, healthy organs and skin, ligaments and tendons - those are good things to gain. Even body fat has a minimum level that we need to have to be healthy. The only thing we ever should want to lose is EXCESS body fat. That's reflected in our weight, but getting too caught on a number can make us lose sight of the need for the healthy parts of the body.

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PMFISH 9/18/2012 12:11AM

    How about those Gators Saturday!! Woo Hoo! Sorry you have not been feeling well, hope you are better now.

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KATIEGARCIA2 9/17/2012 9:14PM

  love the nails!!

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Blog Day #17

Monday, September 17, 2012

17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?

I have a lot of foods/meals I repeat often. I have some kind on Ensure every morning. I like to use Swanson's low sodium broth and add veggies I have on hand to it for a nice soup about 5 times a week. If I have some left over brown rice, sometimes it can go into the soup, too. Often for lunch but also for dinner. I enjoy having my one Zero soda with a snack of an apple or crackers with some sort of nut butter. Several things I enjoy making for myself are blender applesauce and peanut butter. My go to snack used to be a thinly slices apple with cinnamon sprinkled on the slices. THe sweetness from the apple absorbed the cinnamon, so not sugar was ever added. Hopefully I can get back to it someday if I can ever tolerate the spicy again.

We also use a lot of different wheat pasta in many ways. Sometimes we'll simply add mushrooms and some low-fat sauce or "gravy" on them. I often make a salad of slices of tomato, cucumbers, and mozzarella cheese. I also use cottage cheese in place of dressing at home.

That's about it for me.

Peace, love, and friendship to all my buds,

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JINLYNN 9/18/2012 2:00AM

    Apples sprinkled with cinnamon would be tasty. Thanks for the ideas.

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FLEMIDG 9/18/2012 12:46AM

    What interesting meals. Thanks for sharing.

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KARIDIAN1 9/18/2012 12:42AM

    I think everyone has several favorite meals and treats. Especially if they are quick and easy to make.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/18/2012 12:30AM

    I'd never thought of mixing mozzarella with tomatoes and cucumbers - sounds delicious!

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BRAVEONE92 9/17/2012 11:05PM

    Ev, all of your meals sound delicious! I
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CARRAND 9/17/2012 9:23PM

    I have some favorite breakfasts. I love gluten free toaster waffles with peanut butter and fresh berries or other fruit.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2012 8:46PM

    Love apples and cinnamon together.

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